Alliance’s Craft to assume job chairing a clean coal group

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity on Nov. 19 announced the election of Joseph Craft III, president, CEO and a director of coal producer Alliance Resource Partners LP, as its next chairman.

Michael Ward, chairman and CEO of coal-hauling railroad company CSX Corp., was elected vice chairman.

“As the heads of organizations dedicated to the assurance of reliable access to affordable energy, Mr. Craft and Mr. Ward bring tremendous experience and leadership to ACCCE at a critical time for industry,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “We look forward to working together to overturn EPA’s power plan and to assure affordable coal-based electricity for decades to come.”

Amidst a slew of policy decisions determined through executive action under the Obama Administration, ACCCE said it has led the fight against the president’s costly climate agenda. Buttressed by the findings in a new report from NERA Economic Consulting, ACCCE said it is actively engaging Americans nationwide and their representatives in Congress to ensure reliable, cost-effective energy solutions.

Craft has more than 30 years of experience in the coal industry, having served as president, CEO and director of ARLP since 1999. Prior to forming ARLP, Craft was president of MAPCO Coal since 1986. He is a former chairman of the National Coal Council, a board member of the National Mining Association and a director of ACCCE. 

Matthew Rose, executive chairman of the BNSF Railway, will step down as ACCCE chairman of the board following his tenure in 2015.

ACCCE is a coalition of leading companies from the transportation, electricity generation and coal production sectors, as well as other manufacturers and vendors.

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